How to Access iPhone iPad Files on Mac

Apple makes its products work seamlessly. If you are the one who owns an iPhone, iPad or a MacBook, you might want to manage your iPhone files on Mac. So how to access & view iPhone files on Mac, including the photos, videos, notes, messages, contacts and more?

How to Access iPhone iPad Files on Mac

As we all know that Apple won't allow you to use your iPhone 11/iPad Pro as a flash drive, so you cannot directly view the files on your computer (Get Best iPhone Explorer Software). Here in this guide, we will show you how to access & view your iPhone/iPad files on Mac with an iPhone files manager. Keep reading to figure it out.


Part 1 - How to Access iPhone iPad Photo Files on Mac

Photos is a photo management and editing application, which allows to access your iPhone, iPad photos on your Mac. It was released as a bundled app in iOS 8 on September 17, 2014 - replacing the Camera Roll - and released as a bundled app to OS X Yosemite users in the 10.10.3 update on April 8, 2015. Now the Photos is one of essential apps on both iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.

How to Access iPhone iPad Photo Files on Mac
  • How to Access iPhone iPad Photo Files on Mac With Photos App:

  1. In the Photos app on your Mac, choose Photos > Preferences, then click iCloud.

  2. Select the iCloud Photos checkbox.

  3. Download Originals to this Mac: Stores the full-size versions of your photos both on your Mac and in iCloud (Storing photos on your iPhone, iPad).

Part 2 - How to Access iPhone iPad PDF/Document Files on Mac


Files for iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur allows users to browse local files stored within apps, as well as files stored on cloud storage services including iCloud, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more. You can save, open, and organize files, including placing files into structured folders and sub-folders. On your Mac, you can access pdf, document and other type of files on your iPhone or iPad.

  • How to Access iPhone iPad PDF/Document Files on Mac With Files App:

  1. Go to the file that you want to store on your device.

  2. Tap Select > the file name > Organize.

  3. Under On My [Device], choose a folder or tap New Folder to create a new one.

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